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Special Focus: Hearing Impaired/Visual Impaired, Articles and News

Rapidly evolving science and politics in the HI / VI world of DCinema.

Signing at the Movies

Movies at the cinema, a cultural phenomena that involves a blend of technology and groups of people, is taking one more step into Inclusiveness. The imperfect solutions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Blind and Partially Sighted are more and more part of every cinema facility – either special glasses that present words in mid-air or equipment that places words on at the end of bendable post, and earphones that transmit either a special enhanced (mono) dialog track or a different mono track that includes a narrator who describes the action.

Work is now in progress to put together the technology required to include a new group of people into the rich cultural experiences of movie-going. The tools being added are for those who use sign language to communicate. As has been common for the inclusion path, compliance with government requirements are the driving force. This time the requirement comes from Brazil, via a “Normative Instruction” that by 2018 (the time schedule has since been delayed) every commercial movie theater in Brazil must be equipped with assistive technology that guarantees the services of subtitling, descriptive subtitling, audio description and Libras

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Signing at the Movies

Movies at the cinema, a cultural phenomena that involves a blend of technology and groups of people, is taking one more step into Inclusiveness. The imperfect solutions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Blind and Partially Sighted are more and more part of every cinema facility – either special glasses that present words in mid-air or equipment that places words on at the end of bendable post, and earphones that transmit either a special enhanced (mono) dialog track or a different mono track that includes a narrator who describes the action.

Work is now in progress to put together the technology required to include a new group of people into the rich cultural experiences of movie-going. The tools being added are for those who use sign language to communicate. As has been common for the inclusion path, compliance with government requirements are the driving force. This time the requirement comes from Brazil, via a “Normative Instruction” that by 2018 (the time schedule has since been delayed) every commercial movie theater in Brazil must be equipped with assistive technology that guarantees the services of subtitling, descriptive subtitling, audio description and Libras

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Post CinemaCon HI/VI Review–Sony CC Glasses

A few years ago the multi-category manufacturer USL showed a wonderful set of glasses built for the cinema audience. They handled three major problems that viewers of closed caption devices have: a) The need to focus/refocus repetitively on the words in the “Rear Window” reflective mirror, then focus up on the screen, then looking down again and up againanddown againandupagain over and over, all movie long and b) the distraction that those systems cause surrounding audience members and c) the effect of being different.

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Post CinemaCon HI/VI Review–Sony CC Glasses

A few years ago the multi-category manufacturer USL showed a wonderful set of glasses built for the cinema audience. They handled three major problems that viewers of closed caption devices have: a) The need to focus/refocus repetitively on the words in the “Rear Window” reflective mirror, then focus up on the screen, then looking down again and up againanddown againandupagain over and over, all movie long and b) the distraction that those systems cause surrounding audience members and c) the effect of being different.

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Cinemark and Regal Go Captioned

After years of waiting for a working technology, after years of lawsuits and anger from the hard of hearing and visually impaired communities, two major cinema chains have agreed to install closed caption equipment into all of their cinema theaters.

Cinemark and Regal cinema chains made the announcements in separate news releases.

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DoJ Transcripts: Official Submissions

HI/VI Logo“No theater should be exempted from providing captioning and description by saying it can’t afford them unless that theater also is exempted, on economic grounds, from providing fire exits.”

Addressed to the Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as comments to proposed rules for implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, these were the closing comments of Elizabeth D. Botts arguments. 

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3Questions on HI/VI Issues – European Union of the Deaf

EUD plus 3 Questions LogoThere are several groups who represent the varied and specific interests of the community of people with disabilities in the EU. Some campaigns are centered around specific issues, for example the 2006 campaign that resulted in Disabled Air Passengers’ Rights. Other campaigns focus upon accessibility to the internet, and this year mobility issues have been given a special international highlight.

Recently the work of one broadly focused activity came to fruition. As background, within the general portfolio of the United Nations International Bill of Human Rights are nine Core International Human Rights Instruments. They are all considered treaties which, though ratified within the UN, still need to be ratified and implemented at the country level.

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DoJ Transcripts: Battle Lines Drawn

HI/VI Issues LogoThe US Department of Justice Request for Comments Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Movie Captioning and Video Description has been followed up with 3 public hearings. The first was held on November 18, 2010, in Chicago, Illinois, the second on December 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. Transcripts and video rebroadcast of these hearings are available through this link. Webcasts of Public Hearings on Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemakings(ANPRM).

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EU Ratifies UN Convention | Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Brussels, 5 January 2011 | The European Union has officially ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 23 December, becoming the first intergovernmental group to sign on to any human rights treaty. The European disability movement has been working hard to make sure the EU conclude the Convention by the end of 2010. The European Disability Forum welcomes this development, which is a significant landmark and will help improve the lives of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe.

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